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Ask PSNC: Pharmacy Quality Scheme FAQs

The team at PSNC has received a number of queries on the Pharmacy Quality Scheme (PQS). Below are some of the questions asked in recent weeks. Q. I completed the CPPE risk management training and assessment over two years ago. Do I need to complete the training and assessment again? A. If you have completed...

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Make use of community pharmacists' skills, says NICE

Community pharmacy teams have the potential to play a greater role in health promotion and prevention says NICE, in a new draft quality standard. The draft quality standard calls for community pharmacy services to be included in existing care and referral pathways. This will allow community pharmacy teams to accept as well as make referrals to...

2 days ago

Supply Notification: Clonidine 25mcg tablets – Update

Update (17/01/2020): resupply date now expected mid/end February 2020 First published 20th December 2019 Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has issued a medicine supply notification for Clonidine 25mcg tablets. Limited supplies of Clonidine 25mcg tablets will be available until at least mid-January 2020 due to manufacturing issues. The DHSC Medicine Supply Team provide...

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Healthy Living Pharmacy (HLP) 

The PSNC website includes comprehensive details regarding Healthy Living Pharmacy which can be accessed here:  https://psnc.org.uk/services-commissioning/locally-commissioned-services/healthy-living-pharmacies/

  

What is a Healthy Living Pharmacy?

The concept of a Healthy Living Pharmacy is a pharmacy that:

  • Delivers a broad range of services to a high quality and consistently, whatever the day of the week or month of the year
  • Has a team that are pro-active in supporting health and wellbeing, with the community's health at the centre of what it does
  • Promotes healthy living and wellbeing as a core activity
  • Supports people with long-term conditions
  • Is accessible and  approachable
  • Is valued and trusted
  • Maintains premises to a high professional standard with private consultation facilities and IT linked to local practices when available
  • Works closely with other healthcare providers, reactively and proactively; and will be identifiable to the public and other healthcare professionals
 

To achieve the Healthy Living Pharmacy status pharmacies need to demonstrate three key areas of development:

  • Developing workforce - includes having Health Living Champions (HLC) and developing leadership skills.
  • Environment - includes having suitable premises, consultation room(s), health promotion area and IT capability.
  • Multidisciplinary engagement - working with GPs, Commissioners and other provider service.
 

Public Health England (PHE) Healthy Living Pharmacy (HLP) Newsletter

Public Health England (PHE) publish a quarterly e-newsletter to provide updates on national HLP development and share innovative practice from across the country.  Previous issues are available below.

 

PHE - Healthy Living Pharmacy Newsletter: January 2019

PHE - Healthy Living Pharmacy Newsletter: June 2018

 

If you would like to sign up to receive the quarterly HLP newsletter via email, please email hlpnewsletter@phe.gov.uk

If you have any suggestions or would like to be involved in an upcoming HLP newsletter or event, please contact Theresa Nguyen, Senior Pharmacy Programme Officer at hlpnewsletter@phe.gov.uk.

 

 

Healthy Living Pharmacy (HLP) Level 1 Resources

Many of the resources needed to become HLP Level 1 accredited are included in the Public Health England HLP Quality Criteria document but below is a list of other resources (including local information) that you may need:

Healthy Living Pharmacy (HLP) Level 1 - Resource List

 

 

  

Last updated 1st August 2019.